Learn to use renewable resources by weaving with willow - a naturally sustainable material which has strength, beauty and longevity. This traditional design is even more relevant in today’s environmentally conscious times. These lightweight carrying baskets can be used instead of plastic bags when shopping on the high street, in the supermarket, or at farmers’ markets, in addition to being useful in the garden.
You will gain or improve your willow basketmaking skills, producing a traditional useable basket of average size. You will also learn the history of this traditional material, details of its growth, harvesting and preparation, and be able to continue weaving at home. Willow available will be both peeled, boiled buff and brown, with barks of beautiful colours (if available). Techniques include how to make a split flat round base and a variety of the most useful weaves, as appropriate, plus how to produce handles. You will work on individual projects, following a discussion with the tutor.
There will be demonstrations, viewing of completed objects and samples, and opportunities for group discussions as well as individually with your tutor.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Stephen Caulfield is a professional basketmaker with over 33 years experience. He trained at Wilwood Products in 1985 as an apprentice in Brighton and after two years he started on piecework. He has supplied Harrods, Movies and TV channels, The London Palladium, and Glyndebourne Opera. Commissions include 28 hampers for all the NATO leaders. He is a member of The Basketmakers' Association.